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a conversation with actor and new author eric la salle, and how 100 black women are helping young women and girls in the bay area. plus, news you can use. a love lesson. next on "black renaissance."
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good morning. i'm your host, dr. brenda wade. you have seen them as a distinguished dr. peter benton on the hit tv series "e.r." and he directed shows like "law and order" and "csi can the," i -- "csi" and coming to america and so much more. today, we meet eric la salle in another role as the author of the page-turning thriller "laws of depravity." oh. eric. i love the title. it's just so oh, kind of slightly awful. >> slightly awful. >> i was afraid to open the
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book. >> oh. is this going to creep me out? >> we wanted something provocative to -- provocative to grab your attention. >> it's very provocative. >> you have been doing it all as an actor and director, which actually, i didn't know until i read your bioa few days ago. >> yeah. >> what is the most meaningful thing for you in your career us this far in terms of screen and now directing behind the scenes? >> well, actually, all of it. you know, the opportunity to express yourself in different ways. it's like people ask me all the time, you know, do you love one child more than the other? and that opportunity to act, to direct, to produce and now to write. i love them all. >> uh-huh. >> and that is the highlight. >> so you love it all and, as you're doing your work, what is behind it? the inspiration to you? >> it's story telling. >> ah. >> and all of it is from, when
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was a child, telling stories. >> uh-huh. >> you do it in different capacities and forms and now being an author is an extension of that gift and blessing. i love it. >> yes, and stories inspire us, you know, and there is a philosopher, rudolphsteiner, said stories are a window to the soul. they open something inside us we wouldn't otherwise. now, we have laws of depravity. why we're opening with this, this is quite the can of worms in terms of the catholic church and what goes on in ministry and clergy. tell us about this story? >> well, the story came about. i read an article that said how all of jesus' disciples were brutally murdered. i didn't know that. john was the only one who survived and went on to write the book of revelations. everyone else was stoned, hanged, courthouse fewed and died horrible depths. came up with a concept of
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having a modern-day cereal killer killing modern day clergy as the martyrs and he's cruise fighting them and stoning them -- crucifying them, stoning them to death and approaching a sermon. >> uh-huh. >> at the same time, and as the copies investigate the crimes, they -- cops investigate the crimes, they realize the priests were pedophiles, thieves, hypocrites, not the lofty characters they presented themselves to be. you have the serial killer who like hanibal lecter. >> right. >> and sometimes you are empathizing with him and torn. >> even though he's crazy and dangerous. >> absolutely. >> there is some truth. >> exactly. and even though they look good, there -- . >> exactly. >> and you have all the dichotomies. >> not all good is good, not all bad is bad. >> right. >> and that is seen den us to as to what is hap -- serendipitous as to what is happening in the church today,
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the catholic church and the pope. >> what do you think happened with the pope? this is -- all as if you wrote the script, eric? >> and this is very timely, what an artist hopes for, and i think if you're trying to tell the truth, you wait for the truth to catch up or for you to catch up with the truth. it is an interesting documentary on hbo, mea culpa, exploring all the corruptions and coverups. >> yes. >> and the book as a piece of fiction, explores who is responsible and raises very interesting questions. what standard should our spiritual and religious leaders be held? should they be held to a higher standard. >> exactly. >> what is the level of accountability. >> right. >> and what is happening in the catholic church is -- people are not stepping up to be responsible.
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everyone's passing the blame. >> and it has always been that way. >> it's been that way. >> always been that way. we know that popes were in bed with whomever, whoever. >> exactly. >> the nazi collaborators were often people in the church. we know all of that. >> exactly. >> what you're saying is still important. maybe from the book, one of the things we can look at is how we as individuals hold ourselves to higher standards? >> right. >> and and not to serial killers. >> the book was written, conceived and written as a bit of a parable. >> yeah. >> and there are a lot of metaphors in the book and raises the question if you are a representative of god. >> uh-huh. >> you are putting yourself above man. >> exactly. >> when you do that, shouldn't your accountability be raised to the same level? >> yes. >> this serial killer takes it to an extreme and it makes even the best of the cops good guys
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and makes them question maybe this guy is on to something. >> yes, exactly. >> you really want to catch him and convict him. he's getting rid of the worst of the worst. >> again, and one of the interesting things about the book is the lead detective is an irish-italian catholic. >> oh. who was molested as an alter boy. >> oh, wow. >> he has to pursue the killer who he kind of understands. >> right. >> to stop him from killing the type of priests that he hates. >> yes. >> the internal conflict in the book is really, really interesting because you have those people, again, not all good people in this book are all good. >> right. >> and not all bad people in the book are all bad. >> right. >> and the story you're telling is the story. at the end of the day is about self-examination. >> right. >> and what in us needs to be elevated. >> right. >> what in us needs purification, if you will.
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and the crazy -- craziness of a person who would go out and murder people as a way to make the wrongs right. >> right. >> and ha is in our system, too. >> right. >> we go and kill people and they this ll write the wrong when wrong, my granny used to say, two wrongs don't make a right. >> and that is something i love, leaving the audience with questions. >> you left us with a lot already, eric. if you haven't been fully intrigued to read the book, eric la salle is a heavyweight in every way and this is this fantastic great story. >> i just directed a project for hallmark called "playing father" that will be airing soon. >> oh. i still do it all. it's never a can always do one. >> right. >> and i enjoy doing it all and yes, i'm still an actor, a
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producer and this is the first in a trilogy. >> great. >> and i'm writing the second book now and if you go to my website, laws of >> right. >> what is the website? >> >> and he studied at jowl jard- nyu. this is the full package here, ladies and gentlemen. and now, go to or amazon. >> yes. >> i think marcus books will carry it. go support our local black book store. >> absolutely. >> thank you very much, eric la salle. this is a pleasure. >> thank you. >> and dare i say scary and e illuminating at the same time. >> and intriguing. >> yes. stay right there, we'll be back with more.
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. welcome back. the last 15 years, 100 black women oakland chapter has been supporting and nurturing african-american women of all ages. here to tell us about their upcoming annual, madame c.j. walker, one of my favorite events. we welcome back cathy adams. hey, cathy. >> thank you. >> it's a pleasure to have you back here. you're always up to fabulous things, my dear. and looking fabulous, i might add. >> thank you.
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>> i like the black-and-white motif. >> thank you. >> tell us about madame c.j. walker. if there is someone out there that doesn't know who this woman was, enlighten them. >> she was one of the first african-american self-made million a. what we love most about her is the work show did around phil an 31y. and we mostly associate her with the hair care industry, and i think that was the beginning of the whole mogul thing and making the money to invest into the community. >> start with the stories. some don't know the details. >> yes. >> and how she became a millionaire? >> in the book, it's called on her own ground. her great, great granddaughter will have the book, too. >> great. >> and of the stories that we learn and the films we have seen, she was like a social life, the beginning of going to the major conferences. >> uh-huh. >> making large donations.
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as we know, money talks. >> that's right. >> and it was more than that. she took her craft because of the issues that we often have as black women, african- american women with our hair, and she took that as a personal interest. not only to help herself, but to help others. >> yes. >> that whole market, which we see now growing and growing and growing, she was at the forefront. >> and she started, because i love her story. she inspires me so much. >> yes. >> and she took what she knew and turned it into businesses that african-american women could have in their homes and kitchens. >> throughout isly. >> the beauty industry for black women and those making a industry came from madame c.j. walker. >> yes. interestingly enough, because of the thing that you have in common with the business and the hair care industry, we added something that you are the first to know about it.
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we're going to honor one of the first stylers this year. >> oh, job, and some of the criteria has to do with more than hair care. what they have done to help with that craft and to do some hair. something you have take then gift to reinvest into the community. >> i love that and tell us about the honorees. >> debra flint. the director of the port of oakland. >> start with this. who is this? >> that is barbara williams. we love her. she's the director of global inclusion for all. >> and the award? >> she's receiving the corporate award and, more importantly, she's also one of our noted members and we vote on it, but she's a wonderful recipient this year. >> great. >> and who do we have next? this is -- . >> debra flynt. >> debra flint. wonderful.
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>> yes. >> and we'll keep going to meet some of the fabulous ladies. this is -- . >> and. >> gina wolfy, who is going to be receiving the advocacy award. she gets a lot of work in the financial literacy. >> beautiful. beautiful. and let's so who is up next? >> this is -- . >> that is renee griffin. rg and associates. she's receiving the entrepreneurial award. >> wonderful. >> and okay. i love her hair. love it. and this is ranell. >> they all know ranell. >> the voice of the san francisco giants. >> what a great voice show is. >> yes. >> what a great choice and a wonderful person in the community. and this is the speaker. >> this is sophia nelson. she's going to be a keynote speaker. i actually bought a -- brought a gift for you today, black women redefined. >> this is her book, disspelling myths and fulfillment in the age of michelle obama. >> absolutely. >> i love it. thank you. thank you so much.
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>> and you are welcome. >> we have one more honoree. this is? >> and that is one of the members of our positive steps, the essay winner and we have a contest. >> tell everybody about positive steps? i am so proud of 100 black women in&black positive steps. i can not withstand it. >> we have over 50 girls in the programs. the programs we do from mentoring, training, financial literacy, we have been taking them on various trips. you see all of them at the c.y. walker luncheon this year. the essay was a way to bring them into the organization. >> i'm going to take the flyer. everybody, i want you to join mea at the luncheon. i will be there with the fabulous cathy adams, the incredible 100 black women. talk about a great cause. mentoring young girls, helping them get their lives off on the
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positive step and can you be a part of it. it's friday, march 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the marriott hotel. 55 on fourth street in san francisco and call 510-53485. or log on to get the tickets and joins for us a -- join us for a day to inspire you. i walk out of the luncheon feeling like i'm walking on air, cathy. >> thank you. >> so full of energy and loving life. congratulations on 15 years. >> thank you. >> 15 years and we'll see you you stay right there. we have more. ,,,,,,,,,,
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welcome back. now that we heard about 100 black women of the oakland bay area chapter, it's tea time. the san francisco chanter is helping women and men get jobs. next weekend, march 2nd, they're hosting the eighth annual golden girls hats and gloves bridging the generations tea. we welcome the president of the hundred black women san francisco chapter, miss maxine hickman and our chartering president, iley murphy reid to give us the details on the event and what they up to. we just had 100 black women oakland, and here we have hundred black women san francisco. hundred black women are everywhere doing great things. welcome, i'm happy to have you here, maxine. >> thank you.
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>> it's a pleasure. >> thank you. >> i didn't know you were the chartering president? tell me how you got involved in hundred black women. >> well, i was on leave from the oakland chapter. i was a member of that chapter. >> uh-huh. >> it's the oldest one in this area at this time. >> aha. >> and i live in san francisco, work in san francisco. >> uh-huh. >> and as a member of being on leave, men, women, the girls. everyone was requesting that a chapter be established in san francisco. >> fantastic. >> so. >> i didn't know this part of the history. >> yes. >> and what initially drew you to 100 black women? how did you say i need to be a part of that? >> well, the mission of the chapter, the advocacy of the women and girls. >> hmm. >> ilea was instrumental in getting me involved. >> how instrumental.
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she's smiling. [ laughter ] >> the old arm twist and say you're going to help me? >> absolutely. >> i know how that works. many of us got involved because somebody said you know what? you need to be a part of this. >> right. >> the mission is wonderful. many people know the fabulous events that hundred black women put o. the beautiful tea, bridging the generation and the london we talked about. a lot of people don't know the services provided and that is very important. you're doing job training and job creation services. tell us a little about that? >> basically, we have a job training program and that is bridging the generations. >> uh-huh. >> we employ and train on the job seven people, a total of 28 people and in a year. eight of the people are women over the age of 55. >> wow. >> and we have eight that are high school. >> uh-huh.
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>> and then the others are between the ages of 18 and 54. >> wow, so you take high school 18-54 and 55 and older. that is wonderful. so you make sure those 28 people are going to be trained and get work. >> royalty. >> that is wonderful. every single person we can put to work counts. i am quoting our president now. [ laughter ] >> and he is saying every single american needs to get to work. how do you get people into the program? how do they become a part of it? >> they apply and we select the ones that we feel will benefit from the training. >> you get a lot of applicants? >> unfortunately, we don't. >> that is going to change after this show. we want everyone to know about this incredible opportunity. there are a lot of people, mainly women, looking for work. what can they get?
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>> anything. advertising, event planning, computer skills. just pretty much anything. >> anything. >> for any type of training. >> all right. and this luncheon is coming up. of course, you can't run services like that without money, and i know the luncheon is a fund raising luncheon. yo and you have special guests. who is speaking this year? >> theresa cox. >> theresa cox. tell us about her. >> she's trade advisor to the obama administration. >> the trade advisor. >> uh-huh. >> and she's a dynamic person, a bay area lady. >> she is. >> i love her and everyone else. let me tell you how to get your tickets to the luncheon. the annual event takes place march 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the beautiful fairmont hotel. for tickets and information, call 415-665-2524 or log on to triple dot dot and
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very important, get the tickets there. this is a love lesson. eric la salle's character darrell in "coming to america," all of us hundred black women need knowledge skills and tools to create healthy love. the divorce rate in the black community is 69%. and it costs us in every way, the number one cause of health problems. lost time at work, money, failure to our children. youth and adults ending up in the criminal justice system where we have 1.5 billion black men incarcerated today. we have to change this from the inside out. we all know the heartbreak and stress of relationship problems. i have and new use this news right. five things about yourself that are lovable. for the next 21 days, i want you to look in the mirror and read those five things out loud.
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it takes 21 days to build a new habit. then, look for five things to love about all those around you. what you look for is what you find. if you want more good love, i've got a gift for you. register now for the class, magnetize your good love. it's a free 90-minute seminar. go triple and register when we learn better, we do better and love you here at black renaissance. we want your life to be healthy and happy. we'll leave you now with a look at the works of the black choreography festival. today is the last day to catch it. it's the dance mission theater here in san francisco. the information is on the screen. i am dr. brenda wade. blessings, everybody.
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Bay Area Focus With Susan Sikora
KBCW February 24, 2013 8:00am-8:30am PST


TOPIC FREQUENCY Us 14, San Francisco 9, Eric La Salle 5, Madame C.j. Walker 3, Eric 3, Cathy Adams 2, Dr. Brenda Wade 2, Debra Flint 2, Cathy 2, America 2, Michelle Obama 1, Rg And Associates 1, Gina Wolfy 1, Marcus 1, Theresa Cox 1, A.m. 1, Nyu 1, Debra Flynt 1, Koran 1, Hanibal Lecter 1
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